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12 September 2012

Stories from 12 September 2012

Turkmenistan: The End of One-Party Rule

  12 September 2012

[The second political party] has formally brought to end Turkmenistan’s twenty-year-old system of single party rule. The question is whether it [has] brought it to an end really, and that remains to be seen. Annasoltan on NewEurasia.net suggests there is little substance behind the recent establishment of the second political party in Turkmenistan.

Hollister Models Clown Koreans Via Twitter, Offending Asians

  12 September 2012

It is not the first time clothing brand Hollister went under fire for its racial gaffes. Recently, its male models tweeted several racial messages making fun of South Koreans, including photos of model posing with “Asian squinty eyes”. Korea Bang quoted a comment that read : People talk about how Hollister’s...

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Mexico Also Remembers September 11 Attacks

  12 September 2012

Eleven years have passed since the attacks on the World Trade Center in the city of New York and on the Pentagon in Washington D.C. in the United States of America. In commemoration of an event which had global repercussions, the whole world has spoken out in cyberspace to remember the attacks. Mexico has been no exception.

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Mali: Mauritanian Preachers Killed by the Army

  12 September 2012

Mauritanians woke up on September 10, 2012, to the news of the killing of 16 members of Jamaat al Daawa wal Tabligh (Society for spreading faith), a movement active in spreading Islamic faith by the Malian army. Twelve of those killed are Mauritanian citizens. Ahmed Jedou compiled netizen reactions to the incident

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‘Diversity Within the Unknown’, a Conservation Blog in Bolivia

  12 September 2012

Few media outlets- mainstream, alternative or citizen-lead-, pay careful attention, or devote themselves fully, to the subject of conservation in Bolivia. Diversidad entre Pendientes is a blog that offers direct contact with the Bolivian biodiversity, home to mountains and sub-tropical valleys. The blog's author, Mauricio Pacheco, spoke with Global Voices about his work, and the state of thematic blogs in Bolivia.

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Trinidad & Tobago: Section 34? Last Straw!

  12 September 2012

Political bloggers in Trinidad and Tobago are having a field day with the government's latest missteps - from a failed motion to remove the Minister of National Security from his post because of corruption allegations to the possibility of the accused in the airport corruption scandal walking free thanks to a section of the Indictable Offences Act.

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Peace Corps Volunteers are Leaving Turkmenistan

  12 September 2012

It has been announced that the Peace Corps - a U.S. government-run volunteer program - will close its programs in Turkmenistan and leave the country by the end of 2012. Many Turkmen internet users believe that the departure of the volunteers will further deepen the country's isolation and limit education opportunities for its young people.

Trinidad & Tobago: iPads for Parliament?

  12 September 2012

If this Government…want[s] to appear to be the pillar of honesty they must go out for an open public tender for tablets…and not simply go out to tender for the prestigious iPad. An apparent penchant for Parliamentary iPads has aka_lol concerned about transparency and good governance.

Jamaica: Coral Crisis

  12 September 2012

The latest diagnosis on Caribbean coral reefs is dire. Labrish Jamaica thinks immediate action should be taken.

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Cuba: For a Census in Which All Unions Count

  12 September 2012

As the National Census of People and Households approaches, activism on blogs and social networks has intensified after a supposed change in the instruction manual came to light: it appears as though same sex unions were originally to be included, but this later changed. Now the question revolves around why it was eliminated.

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Brazil: Threat to the Autonomy of Indigenous Lands

  12 September 2012

The issuance in mid-July of a governmental measure, Decree 303, that restricts the autonomy of indigenous lands in Brazil has been strongly criticized by many social movements, both in Brazil and beyond, which fight for the rights of indigenous peoples.

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